Wednesday, October 20, 2021

UP's longest runway of 3.2 km, world-class facilities: All you need to know about Kushinagar International Airport

Lucknow: Spread over an area of 590 acres, the Kushinagar International Airport in Uttar Pradesh was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.

The Kushinagar International Airport, built at a cost of Rs 260 crore, has the state’s longest runway with a length of 3.2 km and a width of 45 metres.

The airport has world-class facilities. The eight-storied state-of-the-art Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower built at the cost of Rs 17.5 crore has become fully operational at the airport, whereas the navigation system for safe landing and take-off of flights at the airport has passed the trial successfully.

The airport will provide direct air connectivity with South Asian countries, making it easier for tourists, especially Buddhist pilgrims, to complete their visit to the Buddhist circuit in India. It will also boost the tourism and hospitality sectors, opening up job opportunities in plenty for the youth in these sectors.

With the opening of this airport, travellers from Sri Lanka, Japan, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam will be able to easily visit Sarnath, Shravasti, Bodh Gaya, Lumbini, Vaishali, Rajgir, Kesariya and Sankisa in considerably lesser time.

Meanwhile, a large workforce is being trained to enhance tourists’ experience under the Ministry of Tourism’s Incredible India Tourist Facilitator Programme.

According to tourism industry experts, the Kushinagar International Airport will give a fillip to the development of Eastern UP with aviation, tourism and hospitality industries set to boom.

The Buddhist circuit in India, including sites located largely in eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, are a big draw for Buddhist pilgrims, particularly from East Asia and South-East Asia. However, the flow of tourists has severely been affected lately due to the coronavirus pandemic.

20/10/21 Samarth Shrivastava/India Today

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